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Two La Pine firefighters injured rescuing 2 cats from burning home; up to a dozen others may have perished

Firefighters work to extinguish blaze that destroyed manufactured home on Ponderosa Loop Wednesday evening
La Pine Rural Fire District
Firefighters work to extinguish blaze that destroyed manufactured home on Ponderosa Loop Wednesday evening

Occupant escapes through bedroom window; cause under investigation

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – An occupant escaped a La Pine house fire through a bedroom window Wednesday evening, but two firefighters were injured rescuing two of what may have been up to 14 cats in the destroyed home, Fire Chief Mike Supkis said Thursday.

La Pine Rural Fire District firefighters responded shortly before 7 p.m. to the reported house fire in the 15000 block of Ponderosa Loop, Supkis said.

Crews arrived to find flames coming from several windows of the manufactured home, while the lightweight truss roof had collapsed and the home could not be safely entered, so a defensive attack took place, the fire chief said.

“Firefighters were able to reach through windows and rescue two cats,“ Supkis said. “However, the fate of the others are currently unknown and due to the significant damage are believed to have perished in the fire.”

The occupant was evaluated and treated on scene by fire medics, and the American Red Cross is providing disaster assistance, the fire chief said.

Crews were able to protect nearby exposures and vehicles while keeping the fire from spreading into the wildland, Supkis said. The home is considered a total loss, and an investigation into the fire’s cause is underway.

A total of 18 firefighters and five support personnel responded with two engines, three water tenders, five medic units and several support units. Sunriver Fire also provided an engine and assistance, while the Crescent and Bend fire agencies provided backup, “as the district was experiencing multiple calls during this all-hands incident,” Supkis said.

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      1. OK Thanks Just seemed odd that there were no comments and I posted a comment the first day. I’ll repeat it…Is this the same FD that is trying to oust its Chief? and they get injured reaching through the windows of a burning house to rescue a couple of cats? I’ve always questioned fire-fighters risking themselves just to rescue pets. But, they get all kinds of positive media attention when they do it. In this case, it seems the fire-fighters need their Chief on hand to stop them from risking injury.

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